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United States reaches 1 million solar installations

SEIA and George Washington University report predicts that the United States will reach 2 million solar installations in 2018, and that 1 million PV systems will be installed annually starting in 2025.

SunEdison malaise result of Vivint wrongdoing and "overly optimistic" culture, finds audit

SunEdison worker.

Findings of investigation by audit committee and independent directors attribute blame for failed Vivint Solar acquisition on ex-employee; critical of SunEdison's optimistic financial reporting and uncontrolled cash forecasting...

Gantner Instruments making impressive strides in the PV monitoring market

Gantner stringmonitoring chip

The independent German based PV monitoring company installed its monitoring equipment to 367 MW of PV installations in the first quarter of 2016, compounding its position as one of the world leaders in the market.

CEFC looks to pump-prime Australia's flagging renewable energy economy

Australian flag

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is taking a leaf out of the books of central bankers by looking to further boost liquidity into Australia's stalled renewable energy market, pumping $100 million into a new $1 billion funding...

As the battle for the UK's power supply rages, solar beats coal for a day

Abakus BYes Solar plant in Great Wilbraham in the UK

Solar panels in the UK generated more electricity than coal plants over the course of a full day for the first time ever, according to Carbon Brief data, highlighting the sharp decline of the country's coal industry.

JinkoSolar awarded 188 MW in Mexico solar auction

JinkoSolar will construct three large-scale solar farms in Mexico, totaling 188 MW, after winning out in the first clean energy auction.

Chinese solar company secures rights to develop three solar PV projects in Mexico's inaugural tender auction.

California's advanced energy job sector grew six times faster than statewide employment rate

California has more than 76,000 jobs in solar, and the entire advanced energy sector is adding jobs at a rate six times faster than average.

Data from the Advanced Energy Economy reveals more than half a million people in California work in the advanced energy industry; growth ratio of 18% last year six times faster than average.

Duke Energy inaugurates 5 MW Mickey Mouse-shaped solar farm at Disney

48,000 solar panels were used across 22 acres to create this 5 MW solar array, built in the shape of Disney's iconic Mickey Mouse silhouette.

The finished installation lies on 22 acres of land near Epcot and will supply clean solar energy to Walt Disney World Resort and Randy Creek Improvement District in Florida.

Yingli signs 200 MW solar module supply deal in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic.

Arrangement with European EPC partner will see 200 MW of Yingli modules shipped to the Caribbean nation over the course of the next three years.

Ecosummit 2016: time for open innovation in renewable sector

Philipp Schröder (Sonnen), Christoph Ostermann (Sonnen), Hugues de Bantel (CoSMo), Bart Markus (Business Angel, ex-Wellington Partners) and Jan Michael Hess at Ecosummit 2015 in Berlin

More than 50 renewable energy startups will be showcasing their solutions at Ecosummit in Berlin on April 26 and 27. Is there still room for early stage companies to make an impact in the solar industry? pv magazine discusses new...

Despite a stuttering European PV market its EPC contractors still enjoy a large share of the industry

Juwi Solar PV rooftop installation. Photo by Juwi Holdings

Data compiled by Wiki-Solar found that 16 of the top 30 utility-scale EPC contractors for solar in 2015 were European companies, making up the largest portion of solar PV capacity installed.

Massachusetts Governor signs net metering cap increase into law

The compromise legislation will raise the cap on net metered systems, but will also cut compensation for larger private PV systems by 40%.

Jordan: mosques and universities embrace solar

PV project at Hashemite University

A staggering 2,000 Jordanian mosques and a long list of Jordanian universities agree to electrify using solar PV, adding to the march of the technology within the Middle Eastern country.

Investment in solar in India continues as two firms eye large PV projects

Indian solar PV project in Madhya Predesh, with Shri Narendra Modi, Shi Shivraj, Singh Chouhan. Image from Welspun Renewables

Finnish energy solutions provider Fortum announced plans to invest EUR 200-400 million in solar projects in India, while reports emerged that IDFC Alternatives is in talks to invest $90 million in ACME Solar projects in India.

Indian energy minister threatens to file 16 solar cases against US with WTO

Piyush Goyal.

Warning shot fired by Piyush Goyal is latest in tit for tat dispute between India and the U.S. over the former's domestic content requirements for solar. Comments draw ire from industry.

TerraForm Global acquires 26.4 MW solar farm in Uruguay

The 26.4 MW solar plant acquired by TerraForm Global is located in Uruguay's northern Artigas province.

Estranged yieldco of SunEdison finalizes $35.4 million deal for power plant built by Spain's Solarpack Corp. Tecnologica SL as it seeks to stand apart from its beleaguered parent company.

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